Sunday, July 13, 2014

Monkey Dance Meditation

monkey grind - July 13, 2014s

author’s note:

A companion to the last poem posted...

Buddhist teaching tells us that the mind is a monkey chained to a post.

My monkey seems to have a very long chain.


At birth, I was blessed
and burdened
with an active bag of monkeys:

a musical carnival

and a test.

Though I did enjoy the party
the cacophony often drove me
to seek the still mountain lake.

A conflict, I thought
because I wanted to be
two places at once

but no--now I realize
my stillness has little validity
if I remain on the mountain:

the greater challenge
and the greater fun
comes from trying
to keep my gyro steady
after I've rejoined
the rowdy simian dance.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
MYTHSTEPS: the blog

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